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How can I tell if new shoots will be leaves or flowers?

Zone 15031 | Anonymous added on September 13, 2019 | Answered

In 4 years, I’ve only gotten one flower and one red/green flower shape (no seeds).

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on September 14, 2019

It's hard to say without knowing what kind of plant. Some are easier than others to tell whether flower buds or leaves during early formation.

Start with this article: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/plant-bud-information.htm

In order to encourage flower formation, don't use a high nitrogen fertilizer, which stimulates vegetative growth, sometimes at the expense of reduced flower formation.

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